Living Birds That Make the Best Pets  

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Birds can be wonderful, loyal pets and this list contains information on the best pet bird species ranked from best to worst. The best types of birds for pets come in many forms. Some species of birds are easy to take care of while other types of birds can be trained to do tricks. Several types of birds that make the best pets enjoy sharing a cage with another bird.

What types of birds will you find on this best birds for pets list? Canaries are friendly birds that sing sweet songs. Finches are another great type of bird to keep as a pet. Parrots make great pets because they can learn to say a variety of words. Other good birds featured on this best pet birds list include love birds, parakeets, and doves.

Which type of bird would you like to have as a pet? Give the best birds a thumbs up and add any you feel are missing. 

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Cockatiel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Birds That Make the Best Pets
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The cockatiel, also known as the quarrion and the weiro, is a member of the cockatoo family endemic to Australia. They are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed. As a caged bird, cockatiels are second in popularity only to the budgerigar. The cockatiel is the only member of the genus Nymphicus. It was previously considered a crested parrot or small cockatoo; however, more recent molecular studies have assigned it to its own subfamily, Nymphicinae. It is, therefore, now classified as the smallest of the Cacatuidae. Cockatiels are native to Australia, and favour the Australian wetlands, scrublands, and bush lands. ...more on Wikipedia

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Budgerigar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Birds That Make the Best Pets
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The budgerigar, also known as common pet parakeet or shell parakeet and informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot. Budgerigars are the only species in the Australian genus Melopsittacus, and are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia where the species has survived harsh inland conditions for the last five million years. Budgerigars are naturally green and yellow with black, scalloped markings on the nape, back, and wings, but have been bred in captivity with colouring in blues, whites, yellows, greys, and even with small crests. Budgerigars are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. ...more on Wikipedia

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African Grey Parrot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Birds That Make the Best Pets
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Psittacus is a genus of African parrots in the subfamily Psittacinae. It contains the two species: the Congo African grey parrot and the Timneh African grey parrot. For many years, the Congo African grey parrot and Timneh African grey parrot were classified as subspecies; the former as the nominate the latter as P. e. timneh. However in 2012 the taxa were recognized as separate species by BirdLife International on the basis of genetic, morphological, plumage and vocal differences. These parrots are found in the primary and secondary rainforest of West and Central Africa. They are one of the most intelligent birds in the world. They feed primarily on palm nuts, seeds, fruits, and leafy ...more on Wikipedia

Poicephalus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Birds That Make the Best Pets
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The genus Poicephalus comprises nine species of parrots native to various regions of the Afrotropic ecozone, including Sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from Senegal in the west, Ethiopia in the east, and to South Africa in the south. Several of the species exist in slightly different forms. They are stocky birds with short broad tails and relatively large heads and beaks for their size.. Several of the species show marked sexual dimorphism, where the adult male and female birds can be easily identified from variations in feather colouration, but in other species there is no sexual dimorphism or the differences are not so marked. They feed primarily on seeds, fruits, nuts, and leafy matter. The ...more on Wikipedia